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Portland, OR, United States

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Legal analyst shares insight on how Nancy Brophy’s testimony is ‘unusual’

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As romance novelist and accused murderer Nancy Crampton Brophy continued to take the stand on Tuesday as prosecutors cross-examined her over her denials of being involved in her husband’s murder, a legal analyst shared insight into why the author’s testimony is out of the ordinary. Tung Yin, a law professor at […] → Read More

Family remembers Eastbank Esplanade shooting victim

KOIN 6 News talked to the family of Ashley Marie Smith who police say was shot in the back of the neck on Portland’s esplanade Sunday night. → Read More

Law & Order Portland: The tough job of curbing violence

Homicides are rising. Officers are retiring. DAs are leaving. Public defenders are quitting. Curbing violence is a tough job no matter which way you look. → Read More

PPB Chief Lovell: ‘Most shifts under minimum staffing’

Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said he doesn’t have the exact numbers but “anecdotally” the bureau responding to only high priority calls “is happening more now than it did in the past when we had more resources.” → Read More

Police: Man barricaded himself in occupied apartment for 4 hours

Police say the man got into the apartment unit by climbing from the roof of the building onto a balcony before breaking windows and appliances, and throwing furniture out the window. → Read More

Biden to tout $1T infrastructure law, earthquake-safe runway at PDX: White House

President Joe Biden will visit Portland International Airport on Thursday to promote investments into aging infrastructure around the region. → Read More

RV fire investigations underway, 1 damaged by explosive device

Investigations are underway after two RV fires in Portland on Monday. Police believe one fire was sparked after someone rolled an explosive device under the motorhome and are seeking arson suspects. → Read More

‘This is a crisis’: MultCo faces public defender shortage, high caseloads

The rise in violence is creating huge workloads for lawyers, even leading to some cases being dropped because there aren’t enough public defenders to take cases. → Read More

‘Disregard for human life’: Portland on pace to surpass 2021 homicide rate

Portland is on pace to surpass homicide rates in 2021. PPB homicide detective sergeant Michele Hughes told KOIN 6 News a large percentage of homicides are from homeless communities and gangs. → Read More

Oregon AG aims to crack down on untraceable ‘ghost guns’

Ghost guns, or guns without a serial number, are coming up more in the conversation about rising crime in Oregon, which is why Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum wants the state legislature to ban them. → Read More

‘It was super scary’: Long-COVID and and the rise of POTS diagnoses

The number of COVID infections in the northwest are starting to lower, allowing for hospital beds to open and restrictions on businesses to lift. But for some people who had COVID, the effects linger on. → Read More

Portland police officers undergo training in de-escalation

A national organization that focuses on de-escalation is training police officers at Portland State University this week. → Read More

PPB: 2 teens injured in SE Portland shooting

Two people have been injured following a shooting near Southeast 98th Avenue and Southeast Hult Avenue, Portland police said Wednesday. → Read More

PPB: 5 wounded overnight in separate shootings, carjacking

Five people were shot in separate shootings and one attempted carjacking overnight in Portland. → Read More

‘Been through Hell’: Portland doctor helps refugees in Poland

A Portland doctor packed up and flew to Poland to care for refugees fleeing violence in Ukraine — and now, he’s opening up about what he saw there. → Read More

‘Nobody’s safe’: Truck stolen in West Linn, used in robbery getaway

KOIN 6 News spoke with the owner of a stolen truck that was used as a getaway car after a Kohl’s robbery and crashed after a suspect allegedly shot at a deputy. → Read More

Police: Burglar fired shots at cop car before crashing into pole

A pair of individuals were arrested Saturday after fleeing the scene of a burglary before shooting at a Vancouver police vehicle during a car chase. → Read More

Old Town resident raises safety concerns over crime, homelessness

As Portland’s crime and homelessness continues, business owners in Old Town recently held a press conference calling on the city to clean up the area, pointing to constant violence and vandalism. Now, an Old Town resident tells KOIN 6 News he has safety concerns for elderly in the area. → Read More

Portland City Council reassessing police contract with Clean & Safe

The Portland City Council will debate tonight how to more forward with its Clean & Safe Program, and their use of Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers. → Read More

‘Chaos reigns’: Business owner concerned over Old Town crime

A group of business owners and people who live in Old Town held a press conference Tuesday, calling on city and county leaders to get a handle on crime. A KOIN 6 News crew followed Society Hotel owner Jessi Burke around the area on Friday to see some of the safety concerns. → Read More